International Arbitration: Nationwide
THE FIRM This leading arbitration practice handles investment treaty and commercial cases in equal measure. The team benefits from its combined experience in investment treaty arbitration, general commercial dispute resolution and significant public international law, and has strong capacities in all three centers for international arbitration: New York, London and Paris.
Commercial Awareness "The team is a solid choice for bet-the-company cases and repeatedly proves itself to be one of the best out there."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Donald Francis Donovan is "detail-oriented, attentive to clients' needs and a brilliant oral advocate," say sources. He represented Holcim and two subsidiaries in a dispute against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela arising from the expropriation of its subsidiary. He and David W Rivkin are highly regarded arbitrators and counsel. Rivkin's appeal to clients extends beyond the arbitration space, with sources asserting that "he is an excellent choice for any type of dispute resolution matters; there's no type of case he couldn't handle." In a notable highlight, he recently represented claimants in an ICC arbitration involving disputes between shareholders of Hyundai Oilbank. Mark Friedman has "a great depth of knowledge and contributes much to the arbitration community." In noted work, he represented Perenco against the government of Ecuador and its state-owned oil company, Empresa Estatal Petróleos del Ecuador, in an ICSID claim. Catherine Amirfar is particularly adept in arbitration cases involving Latin American jurisdictions and the energy and financial services industries.
THE FIRM Freshfields is a marquee name in the international arbitration field due to its successes in some of the most globally significant cases. In a major highlight, the team is representing ConocoPhillips and several Dutch subsidiaries in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela, in connection with Venezuela’s expropriation of three major oil investments. Such cases position the firm as a leader in the investor treaty field, and it also demonstrates exceptional commercial arbitration expertise. Latin America continues to be an active jurisdiction for the group.
Sources say: "An excellent first port of call in bet-the-company cases."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lucy Reed receives extensive praise from sources as being one of the best and brightest attorneys in the USA: "She has both the substantive expertise as well as an engaging personality." She leads on the ConocoPhillips work mentioned above. Nigel Blackaby heads the US and Latin American international arbitration groups, and has significant expertise in investor treaty cases. He is handling four arbitrations against Argentina relating to measures taken against three water concessions. Brian King continues to cement his reputation in the sector as "one of the brightest of the next generation of arbitration attorneys." He and Alexander Yanos are instrumental in the ConocoPhillips case mentioned above. Commentators note that Yanos "is extremely knowledgeable about investment treaty cases and is a great resource."
THE FIRM This firm has made a number of important additions to its cadre of outstanding arbitrators in 2010, including welcoming John Savage, formerly of Shearman & Sterling, to its newly opened Singapore office. The team’s expertise spans both commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration, and covers a broad array of industries, including pharmaceutical, chemical, IP, energy, food and beverage, airline, construction, infrastructure, banking, insurance, telecommunications and real estate. Recent highlights include representing Chevron in UNCITRAL arbitration arising out of a lawsuit in Ecuadorian courts relating to alleged environmental damage in Lago Agrio.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Doak Bishop is credited with "transforming the ICSID landscape and positioning King & Spalding as one of the top firms in the field." Largely praised as one of the best international arbitrators around, he focuses on investor-state work and is acting in the Chevron case mentioned above. Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez joins the group from Weil Gotshal & Manges and is cited for his leading work as counsel and arbitrator. He "is extremely responsive and works very well with his team," say sources. John Bowman focuses on commercial arbitration work in the oil and gas sector, and earns praise as being "supremely knowledgeable and experienced in large-scale, major cases." Edward Kehoe moves up the rankings in recognition of his advocacy skills and the real commitment he demonstrates to clients. Instrumental in the Chevron matter, his work straddles commercial and investor treaty arbitration cases. Craig Miles is a young partner who impresses observers with the scope of his practice. He handles both investor-state and commercial cases with equal aplomb.
THE FIRM This is one of the largest and most well-established practices in the USA. The group has recognized expertise in energy, financial services, telecommunications and sovereign matters, among others, and is particularly prized on the investor treaty side. The group has been highly active in ICSID arbitrations, and recently succeeded on behalf of Romania in ICSID arbitration proceedings commended by S&T Oil Equipment & Machinery.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Paul Friedland leads the firmwide international arbitration practice and is undisputedly recognized as one of the leading arbitrators in the USA. Carolyn Lamm is an expert in undertaking investor treaty matters, and is former president of the ABA. Abby Cohen Smutny is a "strong and spirited adversary and superb scholar," say sources. Darryl Lew is also a key player in investor treaty, ICSID and UNCITRAL matters. Market sources hail Ank Santens as a "leader among the rising generation of international arbitration attorneys."
THE FIRM This group is highly diversified, acting on both investor treaty and commercial arbitrations involving a range of sectors, including pharmaceutical, hi-tech, energy and manufacturing. It also maintains wide-ranging expertise covering everything from joint ventures to post-closing price adjustment-related cases. The team recently defended a Turkish state petroleum company in an ICC arbitration against a German-Turkish consortium relating to Turkey’s first underground natural gas storage facility.
KEY INDIVIDUALS John Townsend cochairs the practice. He has "the ability to cut to the heart of the issue and does a great job in helping the dynamic of the tribunal," say sources. He wins plaudits in his capacity as both arbitrator and counsel, and is representing an investor in an investment arbitration against the Russian Federation under the UK-USSR Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) under the rules of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. John Fellas is also increasingly recognized as a terrifically talented counsel and arbitrator. His recent highlights include defeating a claim for more than $200 million brought against an Indian company by the seller of an information technology company. Steven Hammond cochairs the firm’s international practice. His "analytical abilities, hard-working nature and rigorous standard of quality make him a client favorite," remark interviewees. Christopher Paparella is a young partner who receives particular acclaim for his work in the oil and gas sector.
THE FIRM This firm prides itself on its offering of integrated counseling and policy advice as well as dispute settlement services. The team is praised for its investor-state arbitration prowess in particular and represents both claimants and respondents in equal measure. Its capabilities in the commercial arbitration area were boosted by the opening of an office of Switzerland in 2010. In a recent highlight, the firm acted for the Republic of Costa Rica in a case brought by parties who had invested in what turned out to be a Ponzi scheme in San José.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Stanimir Alexandrov is one of three global coordinators of the practice. He acts as counsel primarily in investor-state cases and also sits as an arbitrator. He represents the Republic of Peru in a breach of agreement dispute with Duke Energy International Peru Investments.
Since publication, Daniel M Price has joined Rock Creek Global Advisors
THE FIRM Skadden's global capabilities in this field are greatly enhanced by the quality of its expert US-based team. The group is engaged in some of the largest and most significant cases around, including a range of investor-state and international commercial arbitrations. Its recent highlights include representing a Brazilian corporation in a $200 million arbitration involving a dispute under a stock purchase agreement.
Commercial Awareness "The team's comprehensive knowledge of very complex cases is excellent. The whole team was very committed to getting the right result and it was clear to us that no stone was left unturned."
KEY INDIVIDUALS John Gardiner is a "devastating cross-examiner who leaves the opposition eating his dust," say sources. He heads the practice and is primarily celebrated for his commercial arbitration work. Julie Bédard is well known as one of the legal community's future stars. She continues to attract a significant amount of attention for her commercial cases and her investor-state expertise. Barry Garfinkel is also praised for his work as an arbitrator in AAA and ICC matters. Timothy Nelson enters the rankings amid praise for his "strong and wide experience, business-minded approach and fantastic ability to manage cross-border deals."
THE FIRM This group is lauded for its prowess in investor-state arbitrations, particularly those involving Latin America-related disputes. It is experienced in representing both investors and sovereign governments, such as Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador and Hungary, in ICSID and UNCITRAL matters. Recent highlights include representing Chile in an ICSID dispute under the Spain-Chile BIT involving a fisheries sector claimant.
Sources say: "The group is excellent in working with different cultures, languages and outlooks, which helps immensely in building consensus."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Paolo Di Rosa leads the practice and is renowned for his success in arbitrations arising in Latin America. In an example, he and Jean Kalicki obtained the dismissal of a $797 million claim brought by claimants against the government of the Republic of Chile in an ICSID dispute. Kalicki is praised as a "thorough, meticulous and highly motivated arbitrator." Maria Chedid joined the firm from Morrison & Foerster in September 2010. She is based in San Francisco and has a diverse practice covering disputes arising in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
THE FIRM This is a go-to firm for clients in the energy industry and has also broadened its appeal, attracting big names in the IP, construction and financial services sectors, among others. On the financial services side, the group is representing a Korean financial institution and Luxembourg investors as respondents in an ICC arbitration in Singapore relating to alleged shareholder agreement breaches and fraud. The team is evenly split between the firm's Houston and Washington, DC offices, and is supported by its excellent global resources. The group is equally expert in undertaking both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Goldberg represents the Russian Federation in defending claims brought by various investors in a publicly traded company. He cochairs the practice with Jay Alexander, who recently moved to the firm's London office. Jennifer Smith is especially renowned in the energy and construction fields.Her recent highlights include representing a subsidiary of a US oil and gas company in an arbitration against a Norwegian crude oil transportation company. Michael Lennon recently returned to the firm's Houston office after spending time in London. He concentrates on energy, IP and commercial arbitration and litigation cases.
THE FIRM Cleary's US and Europe-based teams frequently work in unison on matters as part of the wider integrated practice group. The practice is equally active and adept in commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration work. In recent highlights, the group is counsel to the Argentine Republic in ICSID claims brought by bondholders under the Argentina-Italy BIT. It also represented the Republic of Iraq in obtaining the dismissal of an arbitration initiated by Transportmaschinen Handelshaus, a German state-owned company, concerning claims relating to financial sanctions imposed by the UN on the Saddam Hussein regime.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeffrey Rosenthal is a respected expert in general commercial and international arbitration and litigation. Howard Zelbo is similarly an authority on international arbitration and litigation, representing sovereigns, financial institutions and state-owned organizations. He plays a key role in the firm's representation of the Argentine Republic in the case mentioned above.
THE FIRM This team earns praise for its investor treaty arbitration expertise and has particular experience in the oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, pharmaceutical, telecom and insurance sectors. The group's case highlights include its ongoing representation of ExxonMobil subsidiaries in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela.
Sources say: "The attorneys are truly outstanding in terms of their ability to prepare and present extremely complicated matters lucidly and persuasively."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Oscar Garibaldi is highlighted in particular for his expertise in Latin American matters and investor-state work. His "composed demeanor and cogent style of arguing" are especially appreciated by sources. He and Eugene Gulland represented ExxonMobil in the case mentioned above. Gulland is praised by observers for "advocating hard for his clients, and producing thoughtful and detailed work on their behalf."
THE FIRM Crowell & Moring has an impressively diverse practice, but comes most recommended for its expertise in cases emanating from the Middle East and Latin America. The group is currently involved in matters spanning a full range of jurisdictions and industries. Highlights include acting for a North American mining company in a significant dispute under CAFTA-DR relating to investments made in Central America. The firm also represents a US tourism company in a dispute in front of ICSID arising out of investments in the Egyptian tourist industry.
Client Service: "The team impresses with its excellent attention to detail and relentless follow-up."
Commercial Awareness: "The firm is extremely well connected with all the important players in the arbitration field."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Henry Guy Burnett impresses sources with his "superb focus and attention to detail." He is particularly experienced in matters emanating from Latin America. Considered to be "a thought-leader of the future," Baiju Vasani is building a strong reputation. He has been active in several matters involving Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Since publication, Baiju S. Vasani has joined Jones Day
Since publication, Henry Guy Burnett has joined King & Spalding LLP
THE FIRM This firm is a beacon of excellence in the energy field, attracting some of the most high-value and significant arbitrations in the world. The team handles both investment treaty and commercial cases, and recently represented Duke Energy Electroquil Partners in ICSID arbitration proceedings against Peru and Ecuador.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Baker is co-head of the firm's international department and its arbitration and alternative dispute resolution practice groups. He is widely considered the driving force behind the firm’s reputation in the field. Anibal Martin Sabater has impressed the market as "a young partner developing a fantastic practice." Kevin O'Gorman is an expert in commercial and investor-state arbitrations, especially those involving the energy industry.
THE FIRM This team is active in both investor-state and commercial arbitrations, and wins praise for its expertise in insurance and reinsurance disputes. The group also advises clients on structuring arbitration programs and on drafting arbitration clauses in international commercial contracts. It is representing a major Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturer in an ICC arbitration with a US pharmaceutical manufacturer arising from a large-scale cross-border licensing dispute. The group also receives particular praise for its experience of large-scale investment treaty matters.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Smit is considered "one of the firm's best and brightest" attorneys. He is an expert in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He recently represented a global defense manufacturer before the LCIA in an arbitration concerning a teaming agreement for the supply of military products to a foreign government.
THE FIRM This firm maintains far-reaching global arbitration capabilities and a broad-ranging remit of expertise across various sectors. Although it lost key player James Carter in early 2011, market commentators remain confident in the group's continued strength to undertake an array of large-scale international disputes thanks to its integrated litigation and arbitration teams. Recent highlights include representing a European bank in International Centre for Dispute Resolution arbitrations of claims brought by Latin American investors relating to the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice leader Joseph Neuhaus wins acclaim for his "superb attention to detail and highly effective presence in any discussion." He has an active caseload of international commercial arbitrations and has been particularly occupied with matters involving Latin America.
THE FIRM This firm's US-based team plays an integral role in its global arbitration capabilities. It handles an enormous breadth of matters within the commercial arbitration field, supported by its access to the firm's wide-ranging and multidisciplinary resources. Its experience includes hi-tech, energy, financial services, IP, defense and securities-related work.
Commercial Awareness "The attorneys have the experience, the know-how and the determination to produce excellent work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients enthuse that John Pierce "has judgment beyond his years and is unbelievably calm under pressure." Rachael Kent is an impressive younger partner, who is praised as a "very talented lawyer and excellent service provider."
THE FIRM This New York-based, three-strong team enjoys a varied workload of commercial contract and investor-state arbitrations, and handles related litigation. The group's access to Allen & Overy's extensive global capabilities is seen as a particular boon to its clients. Recent case highlights include representing Petrotrin, a petroleum company owned by the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in a dispute arising from a project between the client and World GTL. The group is also representing the Republic of Peru in an ICSID arbitration commenced by a Chinese investor under the China-Peru BIT.
Commercial Awareness "Extremely capable in assisting in translating developments in foreign forums into something that North American clients can digest and work into their businesses."
Client Service "Very client-responsive with great cost-efficiency. They don't overstaff, and are lean and mean."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Louis Kimmelman leads the group and is representing Petrotrin in the case mentioned above. Clients describe him as an "upstanding, experienced and hard-working attorney." Dana MacGrath is similarly noted for her tireless work ethic. Interviewees assert: "She works extremely hard; if you give her something to do, you can depend on it being done quickly and well."
THE FIRM This Miami-based boutique is a leading group for undertaking business disputes involving Latin American clients and jurisdictions. The firm is traditionally renowned for its commercial arbitration work, and also sees a steady increase in the number of investor-state mandates it receives.
Sources say: "The firm's work product, whether written or oral, is always exceptionally well researched and effectively presented."
KEY INDIVIDUALS José Astigarraga is "a brilliant strategist who always has absolute command of the subject matter and is always prepared," say sources. He is a leading expert in Latin American arbitrations.
THE FIRM This firm has a strong national presence, with experts spread throughout its New York, Miami, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Washington, DC offices. The group is highly recommended for its expertise with international commercial assignments across a variety of sectors, including engineering, construction, oil and gas, and matters involving emerging markets. The team is also increasingly recognized for its skills with investor-state issues. Case highlights include acting for Petrobras in an ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL rules relating to a major offshore engineering and procurement project.
KEY INDIVIDUALS "Exceptionally articulate and knowledgeable," David Zaslowsky is particularly renowned for his expertise in arbitrations with IP elements. Grant Hanessian is cochair of the firm's international arbitration practice and chair of its New York litigation department. He recently led in the representation of the Republic of Turkey in two arbitrations brought under the Poland-Turkey BIT.
THE FIRM This firm has international arbitration specialists in San Francisco and Los Angeles, complementing its strong Asia-Pacific and European teams. The group is renowned for its work with commercial arbitrations, and is increasingly recognized for its expertise in investor-state matters. In notable matters, the firm is representing General Mills in a dispute over trademark and technology license issues with Sodima, its French licensor.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice group leader Steven Smith splits his time between the firm's San Francisco and Washington, DC offices. He led the team in the aforementioned dispute on behalf of General Mills.
Since publication, Steven Smith has joined Jones Day
THE FIRM Paul Hastings has a solid practice covering investment treaty, political risk insurance and commercial arbitrations, as well as work involving the enforcement of agreements and awards. Recent highlights for the team include representing Société Générale, Trust Company of the West and a local electricity distribution company in a series of parallel international arbitrations against the Dominican Republic.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Christopher Dugan is an expert in international arbitration and litigation who receives particular acclaim for his knowledge of investor-state matters. Joseph Profaizer's "insightful advice, sound judgment and broad experience are invaluable resources in sensitive matters," say sources. He has a solid practice covering investor-state and commercial arbitration work.
THE FIRM Chadbourne's New York-based practice forms a core part of its international arbitration capabilities. The group demonstrates particular expertise in a number of areas, including Latin American matters and insurance disputes. It successfully settled a dispute for a US investor against a state-owned entity in a $500 million arbitration before the Dubai International Arbitration Centre concerning the termination of a land purchase and development agreement.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Oliver Armas handles major commercial arbitrations as both counselor and arbitrator. Sectors important to his practice include the pharmaceutical, financial services and construction industries, and he is highly respected for his work involving Latin America.
THE FIRM Chaffetz Lindsey continues to develop a sterling practice in the international arbitration space since the firm's formation in 2009. The team is adept in commercial and investor-state cases, and has a strong line in cases involving the energy sector and Latin America. The team continues to represent AES in a number of arbitrations, including in an ad hoc arbitration in Orissa, India, in claims brought by state-owned electricity transmission utility GRIDCO.
Sources say: "A young practice that already forms a great alternative to the established industry heavyweights."
KEY INDIVIDUALS David Lindsey is a founding partner and "extremely flexible, perceptive and equally capable in US and non-US assignments," say sources. He is lauded for his expertise in both international commercial and investor-state matters. He and James Hosking have been acting for AES in an ICSID arbitration against Argentina. Hosking is praised as one of the sector's future stars and a "solid, young, bright and hard-working attorney."
THE FIRM DLA Piper further establishes itself as a major presence in the international arbitration arena thanks to its increasing prominence in a range of substantial commercial and investor-state matters. New strategic alliances with firms in Turkey and Brazil have also increased its access to key jurisdictions, exemplified by its recent collaboration with Turkish firm YükselKarkınKüçük Attorney Partnership in the representation of the Republic of Turkey's Ministry of Transportation in an ICC arbitration.
Client Service "The service provided is excellent; both in results and in carrying out the client's directions."
Commercial Awareness "The team invests great time and effort in becoming familiar with its clients' businesses."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Claudia Salomon cochairs the practice and is representing Indian IT company Prithvi Information Solutions in a $50 million LCIA arbitration in Singapore, brought by Japanese company Sojitz. According to interviewees, "she is excellent in terms of both obtaining results and her levels of client service."
Since publication, Claudia T Salomon has joined Latham & Watkins LLP
THE FIRM This group is best known for its commercial arbitration expertise, but also undertakes significant investor-treaty matters. The team's experience covers a broad range of industries, including aviation, construction and energy. It has been especially active in disputes involving European clients and jurisdictions, with major highlights including its counsel to Basari Elektronik in various ICC arbitrations in Helsinki and Istanbul against a major Scandinavian telecom equipment supplier.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Elliot Polebaum is "able to interact with clients from different cultures exceptionally well." He heads the firm's international arbitration practice and led the team representing Basari Elektronik in the case mentioned above.
THE FIRM With its teams in Miami, New York and Washington, DC, this practice group handles commercial disputes across a range of industries, including energy, construction and finance. In a recent highlight, it represented the government of Ontario, Canada in the remedy phase of an arbitration under the US-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Miami-based Daniel González is the highly respected co-leader of the firm's global arbitration practice. His expertise covers a number of key jurisdictions, including disputes involving US and Latin American elements.
THE FIRM This firm offers a broad commercial disputes practice from its offices in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. The team receives strong praise for its work involving the government contracts, insurance, reinsurance, securities, defense and pharmaceutical industries.
Sources say: "The group's attorneys are extremely experienced and very well read."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lawrence Schaner and Richard Ziegler cochair the firm's international arbitration department. The "tremendously knowledgeable" Schaner is considered one of Chicago's finest international arbitration experts. Ziegler is also managing partner of the firm's New York office.
THE FIRM Mayer Brown has a highly respected, broad-ranging international commercial arbitration practice supported by the firm's expansive global resources and capabilities. Its expertise covers an array of sectors, including disputes in the pharmaceutical, energy, outsourcing, insurance and IP industries. The group recently represented Cargill in an investor-state arbitration against Mexico.
Sources say: "They are great strategists and oral advocates."
KEY INDIVIDUALS William Knull cochairs the group and wins praise as "a fantastically erudite and accomplished advocate." Both he and Jeffrey Sarles handled the aforementioned work for Cargill. Sarles is co-leader of the firm's Chicago litigation practice and its Supreme Court and appellate group. He is recommended for his "excellent sense of what will work well with an arbitration panel." Senior counsel Philip Allen Lacovara is one of the most experienced and respected international arbitration experts in the USA. He "deeply understands international arbitration matters and has a great variety of experience," say sources.
THE FIRM This firm has a solid international presence emanating from its core West Coast base, with additional presence on the East Coast. The team is best known for its work in international commercial arbitrations, and for undertaking matters involving North American, Asian and European components and clients. Recent highlights include representing SUS Linux in an ICC arbitration in Zurich relating to an IP dispute arising from claims brought by SCO Group.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Cedric Chao cochairs the firm's international arbitration practice and is a "talented and well-recognized counselor," remark sources. His expertise covers a range of international business litigation, commercial arbitration and criminal cases.
Since publication, Cedric Chao has joined DLA Piper LLP (US)
THE FIRM Shearman's international arbitration team in the USA benefits from its close working relationship with the firm's preeminent group in Paris, making it a solid choice for representing clients in European-related engagements. As an example, working in tandem with colleagues in France, the group represented three European chemical companies in an ICC arbitration against the European subsidiaries of a major North American chemical company.
Sources say: "The firm has an excellent litigation team and fantastic interaction between its offices."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "tremendously smart" Henry Weisburg is an expert in investment and commercial matters who receives praise for his strong analytical style.
THE FIRM This team has a strong line in investor-state and international commercial arbitration cases. It is particularly recognized for its capabilities with work involving Latin America, and also demonstrates expertise in a variety of areas, including energy, finance and IP disputes. Recent highlights include its continued role on behalf of the government of Canada in LCIA arbitrations with the USA arising under the Softwood Lumber Agreement.
Client Service "In addition to the highest-quality work product, Weil was also an excellent communicator and strategic partner, articulating clear strategic options, providing sound support for its recommendations, but ultimately respecting the fact that the client is, at the end of the day, the decision-maker."
KEY INDIVIDUALS International commercial litigation and arbitration expert Eric Ordway has recently been representing Merck in a motion to compel an ICC patent arbitration involving a US client and a Japanese company. Weil recently made two notable hires from Crowell & Moring LLP, Arif Ali and Samaa Haridi, in move that adds depth and capacity to the practice. Ali has broad experience across Latin America and other regions; while Haridi is deeply involved in complex matters in the Middle East. Clients value her Arabic and French language skills.
Sole practitioner Gerald Aksen
is unanimously declared to be the dean of the arbitration Bar. He is highly active as an arbitrator and is considered to be "one of the top three in the country"
for large-scale international disputes. Henri Alvarez QC
is cochair of the international law practice at Fasken Martineau LLP. He is a celebrated arbitrator, able to conduct arbitrations in French and Spanish. He "really understands both the common law and civil law perspective and really digs into the details,"
say sources. George Bermann
of New York's Columbia University is a preeminent authority in the field, whom commentators praise for "his incredible academic grounding in the law and his pragmatic and down-to-earth approach." Charles Brower
of 20 Essex Street in London is one of the world's leading arbitrators, particularly in relation to investor-state and international commercial matters. His "immense experience"
encompasses decades in key roles throughout the globe, included in which is his tenure as a judge on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal. David Caron
, who recently joined 20 Essex Street after having spent time as a sole practitioner, is a "highly impressive practitioner who asks the right questions and is on top of the issues,"
according to sources. James Carter
moved to Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP from Sullivan & Cromwell in early 2011. He tops the rankings as a leading counsel and arbitrator in numerous ICC, AAA and UNCITRAL engagements, and as an attorney who "cuts to the chase and can see through the bluster that counsel bring."
of Craco & Ellsworth, LLP is one of the most experienced arbitrators around, renowned for his knowledge of both domestic and international arbitration matters. Robert Davidson
is executive director of the arbitration practice at JAMS. He sits as a commercial arbitrator and mediator, and is praised as being "easy to work with and fantastically knowledgeable." Horacio Grigera Naon
is director of the Center on International Commercial Arbitration at the Washington College of Law, American University. He has in-depth experience covering all types of international arbitration. Mark Kantor
is a leading expert in domestic and international commercial and investor treaty arbitrations. He teaches international arbitration at the Georgetown University Law Center. Judd Kessler
of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has "a great way of getting everything on track and moving forward,"
He handles both investment treaty and commercial arbitration work and is often selected in arbitrations involving Latin America. William Park
teaches at Boston University School of Law and is a top arbitrator
with a "superlative breadth of experience." Michael Reisman
is Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and is a highly respected authority on international public law. Charles Renfrew
of Law Offices of Charles B. Renfrew is a first choice for international commercial arbitrations.
is one of the deans of the international law Bar. He is lauded in particular for his work on investor-state arbitrations. Abraham Sofaer
is a long-standing name in the field. His experience includes time as a New York District Judge and as a legal adviser to the US Department of State. Sole practitioner Robert von Mehren "is a top name in the field"
and an eminent authority in major international commercial arbitration cases. Laurence Shore
is cochair of the international arbitration practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is dual-qualified in the UK and USA, and demonstrates "superb judgment"
in commercial treaty matters. Michael Nolan
of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is "extremely careful, well prepared and courteous to deal with,"
say sources. He is particularly renowned for his expertise with arbitrations involving infrastructure and energy, and for his increasing caseload of investor-state work. Jonathan Schiller
is a co-founder and managing partner of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. He is well versed in major international commercial arbitrations and a "real warrior, who will wade into any battle for you."
is cochair of Latham & Watkins LLP's international litigation and arbitration group. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in commercial cases involving insurance and reinsurance, IP, joint venture and project construction disputes. The recent arrival of Mark Bravin
has bolstered Winston & Strawn LLP's practice. He joins from Morgan Lewis & Bockius, bringing considerable expertise in investor-state, international trade and commercial arbitrations. Ronald Goodman
cochairs the international litigation and arbitration practice at Foley Hoag LLP, and is well respected for undertaking both commercial and investor treaty arbitrations. Peter Sherwin
chairs Proskauer Rose LLP's international arbitration practice. "An extremely talented attorney with a great reputation in the field,"
he is praised for his expert handling of commercial cases across a variety of fields, including insurance, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Anne Marie Whitesell
of Dechert LLP has impressive experience as former secretary general of the ICC. She is representing the Republic of Ecuador in defense of an investment treaty claim brought by Perenco Ecuador arising from the alleged breach of the stabilization clause contained in a number of production sharing contracts.
Since publication, James H Carter has joined WilmerHale
Since publication, James H Carter has joined WilmerHale
Since publication, Mark Beckett has joined Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Since publication, Laurence Shore has joined Herbert Smith Freehills